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(UPDATED with more Iconic videos) Sheila E.'s new music video - "Funky National Anthem: Message 2 America"

Check out Sheila E.'s new music video entitled "Funky National Anthem: Message 2 America":

https://m.youtube.com/wat...d0n9Fu6P44
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Reply #1 posted 08/12/17 7:59am

EmmaMcG

I'll more than likely get her new album but I'll definitely be skipping this track. Very disappointing. Also, awful video.
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Reply #2 posted 08/13/17 11:22am

SoulAlive

interesting

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Reply #3 posted 08/13/17 11:22am

SoulAlive

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Reply #4 posted 08/13/17 4:15pm

cbarnes3121

has sheilia had any dental work done the way she is holding her mouth is different looks as if she has dentures or something. idk? just wondereing song not too bad i get the idea of what she is saying about our racist troubled america \

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Reply #5 posted 08/14/17 2:05pm

SoulAlive

considering what's going on in the US right now,this is really a timely message/video! eek

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Reply #6 posted 08/15/17 4:25am

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EmmaMcG said:

I'll more than likely get her new album but I'll definitely be skipping this track. Very disappointing. Also, awful video.

This video is right on time with everything that is going on now. I am glad to see her taking a stand and this shows what you can do as a independent artist.

Get your music out on your own, make a statement and not ride someone else's coatails for the rest of your natural days left as a performer.

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Reply #7 posted 08/15/17 6:06am

EmmaMcG

laurarichardson said:



EmmaMcG said:


I'll more than likely get her new album but I'll definitely be skipping this track. Very disappointing. Also, awful video.

This video is right on time with everything that is going on now. I am glad to see her taking a stand and this shows what you can do as a independent artist.



Get your music out on your own, make a statement and not ride someone else's coatails for the rest of your natural days left as a performer.



I appreciate the sentiment. The message behind the song is timely but as a song, it's not pleasant to listen to, nor is the video particularly well made. I applaud her for making a point that needs to be made but it's unfortunate that she, as a singer and musician, didn't come up with a better song to convey that message.

Like I said, I'll still get her album when it comes out but I'll be skipping this song.
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Reply #8 posted 08/15/17 7:34am

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EmmaMcG said:

laurarichardson said:



EmmaMcG said:


I'll more than likely get her new album but I'll definitely be skipping this track. Very disappointing. Also, awful video.

This video is right on time with everything that is going on now. I am glad to see her taking a stand and this shows what you can do as a independent artist.



Get your music out on your own, make a statement and not ride someone else's coatails for the rest of your natural days left as a performer.



I appreciate the sentiment. The message behind the song is timely but as a song, it's not pleasant to listen to, nor is the video particularly well made. I applaud her for making a point that needs to be made but it's unfortunate that she, as a singer and musician, didn't come up with a better song to convey that message.

Like I said, I'll still get her album when it comes out but I'll be skipping this song.

You realize this is a cover of a James Brown song? You know funk which is the cornerstone of the Minnespolis sound? What sort of video would you have for a political song on a small budget.
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Reply #9 posted 08/15/17 8:40am

EmmaMcG

laurarichardson said:

EmmaMcG said:



I appreciate the sentiment. The message behind the song is timely but as a song, it's not pleasant to listen to, nor is the video particularly well made. I applaud her for making a point that needs to be made but it's unfortunate that she, as a singer and musician, didn't come up with a better song to convey that message.

Like I said, I'll still get her album when it comes out but I'll be skipping this song.

You realize this is a cover of a James Brown song? You know funk which is the cornerstone of the Minnespolis sound? What sort of video would you have for a political song on a small budget.


I don't understand the point you're trying to make by bringing up that it's a cover of James Brown and that funk is the cornerstone of the minneapolis sound. That doesn't automatically mean that the song is any good. Like I said, I appreciate the message but I think a better song could have been chosen to convey it. Or it could have been performed better.

As for the video, I know it's got a small budget but that doesn't mean they had to make it LOOK like it had a small budget. As it is, it's corny, cliché ridden nonsense that only really serves to detract from the central message of the song.
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Reply #10 posted 08/15/17 10:03am

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EmmaMcG said:

laurarichardson said:


You realize this is a cover of a James Brown song? You know funk which is the cornerstone of the Minnespolis sound? What sort of video would you have for a political song on a small budget.


I don't understand the point you're trying to make by bringing up that it's a cover of James Brown and that funk is the cornerstone of the minneapolis sound. That doesn't automatically mean that the song is any good. Like I said, I appreciate the message but I think a better song could have been chosen to convey it. Or it could have been performed better.

As for the video, I know it's got a small budget but that doesn't mean they had to make it LOOK like it had a small budget. As it is, it's corny, cliché ridden nonsense that only really serves to detract from the central message of the song.

The cover sounds like the original so I guess you do not like JB because I cannot figure out how you are a fan of the man's music. It looks like it was made on small budget because it was and people marching in the street matches what the song is about.
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Reply #11 posted 08/15/17 10:20am

EmmaMcG

laurarichardson said:

EmmaMcG said:



I don't understand the point you're trying to make by bringing up that it's a cover of James Brown and that funk is the cornerstone of the minneapolis sound. That doesn't automatically mean that the song is any good. Like I said, I appreciate the message but I think a better song could have been chosen to convey it. Or it could have been performed better.

As for the video, I know it's got a small budget but that doesn't mean they had to make it LOOK like it had a small budget. As it is, it's corny, cliché ridden nonsense that only really serves to detract from the central message of the song.

The cover sounds like the original so I guess you do not like JB because I cannot figure out how you are a fan of the man's music. It looks like it was made on small budget because it was and people marching in the street matches what the song is about.


I like a lot of James Brown's songs. I don't like this one. Not liking one song by a particular artist doesn't mean you're not a fan of that artist. For another example, I don't like Sheila E's cover of this song. But I'm still a fan of Sheila E. I absolutely hate the majority of Prince’s 20Ten album but I'm still a Prince fan.

If you like the song and the video, then I'm happy for you. Unfortunately, I don't because I believe that not only is Sheila E capable of doing better, but that the message of the song, which is important, is lessened by the clumsily shot, amateur looking video.
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Reply #12 posted 08/15/17 12:58pm

mediumdry

To each their own, I suppose. To me, Doin' It To Death is better than anything Sheila can hope to create. It's a classic to me, one of JB's best. I'm not a fan of this wholesale sampling. But I'm not really loving this version of Sheila anyway, personally. Her America cover is also generic to me, trying to adhere too closely to Prince's version.

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Shame she doesn't have this vibe anymore of her third album, where it was half Prince and half Sheila herself. It worked well. She never came close to that feel anymore. It feels somewhat forced, most of her albums since. (with the occasional gem)

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I guess that's simply how it goes. It seems performing and charity work are more important than albums. A sign of the times, where having everything available at any given time has made people move towards separate songs more than cohesive albums.

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In the words of Prince: "albums matter". cool

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Reply #13 posted 08/15/17 6:50pm

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mediumdry said:

To each their own, I suppose. To me, Doin' It To Death is better than anything Sheila can hope to create. It's a classic to me, one of JB's best. I'm not a fan of this wholesale sampling. But I'm not really loving this version of Sheila anyway, personally. Her America cover is also generic to me, trying to adhere too closely to Prince's version.


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Shame she doesn't have this vibe anymore of her third album, where it was half Prince and half Sheila herself. It worked well. She never came close to that feel anymore. It feels somewhat forced, most of her albums since. (with the occasional gem)


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I guess that's simply how it goes. It seems performing and charity work are more important than albums. A sign of the times, where having everything available at any given time has made people move towards separate songs more than cohesive albums.


.


In the words of Prince: "albums matter". cool


I know charity work is so terrible.
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Reply #14 posted 08/15/17 10:26pm

morningsong

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It's the national anthem, seriously. What's not to love?
“Do I dare Disturb the universe?”
― T.S. Eliot

“Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it”
― T.S. Eliot
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Reply #15 posted 08/16/17 12:30am

mediumdry

laurarichardson said:

mediumdry said:

To each their own, I suppose. To me, Doin' It To Death is better than anything Sheila can hope to create. It's a classic to me, one of JB's best. I'm not a fan of this wholesale sampling. But I'm not really loving this version of Sheila anyway, personally. Her America cover is also generic to me, trying to adhere too closely to Prince's version.

.

Shame she doesn't have this vibe anymore of her third album, where it was half Prince and half Sheila herself. It worked well. She never came close to that feel anymore. It feels somewhat forced, most of her albums since. (with the occasional gem)

.

I guess that's simply how it goes. It seems performing and charity work are more important than albums. A sign of the times, where having everything available at any given time has made people move towards separate songs more than cohesive albums.

.

In the words of Prince: "albums matter". cool

I know charity work is so terrible.

.

You consistently get the wrong end of the stick. I know I'm just feeding the troll here, but I was saying that albums are getting less important. No value judgment on other things that seem to get precedence. A statement of what seem to be priorities, not my value judgement on the different aspects.

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Maybe you should spend some time here.

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Reply #16 posted 08/17/17 9:58am

SoulAlive

what is the release date for her new album?

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Reply #17 posted 08/17/17 1:45pm

Latin

SoulAlive said:

what is the release date for her new album?


September 1st.
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Reply #18 posted 08/18/17 12:08am

MacDaddy

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Latin said:

SoulAlive said:

what is the release date for her new album?

September 1st.

It was made available yesterday 17/08, as a digital download
for everyone who pledged.

Typo edit

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Reply #19 posted 08/18/17 12:54am

MacDaddy

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FINAL TRACKLIST INCLUDING PLEDGE BONUS TRACK
1) Message 2 America
2) Come Together – Revolution
3) Everyday People
4) Inner City Blues – Trouble Man
5) It Starts With Us
6) Jesus Children Of America
7) James Brown Medley
8) Blackbird
9) One Nation Under A Groove – Mothership Connection
10) Pusherman
11) Respect Yourself
12) I Am Funky
13) Yes We Can Can
14) America – Free
15) What The World Needs Now Is Love

  • Bonus Track ******************
    16) The Ghetto (downloadable only
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Reply #20 posted 08/18/17 1:25am

SoulAlive

for weeks,I've been thinking that the concept of Sheila's album is very similiar to the concept of the new Santana/Isley Brothers album,The Power Of Peace-----an album about peace and love during this hate-filled Trump era.Both albums feature cover songs that are about love,peace and surviving these hard times.And, both albums feature the classic "What The World Needs Now Is Love" smile it's interesting that Sheila and Santana are on the same page.

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Reply #21 posted 08/18/17 1:09pm

bigd74

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is anybody else digging the album. it's pretty good

She Believed in Fairytales and Princes, He Believed the voices coming from his stereo

If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me?
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Reply #22 posted 08/18/17 4:42pm

SoulAlive

Anyone else heard it yet? Give us your reviews
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Reply #23 posted 08/18/17 10:36pm

MacDaddy

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bigd74 said:

is anybody else digging the album. it's pretty good

I am.

I love her take on those songs

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Reply #24 posted 08/19/17 9:10am

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mediumdry said:



laurarichardson said:


mediumdry said:

To each their own, I suppose. To me, Doin' It To Death is better than anything Sheila can hope to create. It's a classic to me, one of JB's best. I'm not a fan of this wholesale sampling. But I'm not really loving this version of Sheila anyway, personally. Her America cover is also generic to me, trying to adhere too closely to Prince's version.


.


Shame she doesn't have this vibe anymore of her third album, where it was half Prince and half Sheila herself. It worked well. She never came close to that feel anymore. It feels somewhat forced, most of her albums since. (with the occasional gem)


.


I guess that's simply how it goes. It seems performing and charity work are more important than albums. A sign of the times, where having everything available at any given time has made people move towards separate songs more than cohesive albums.


.


In the words of Prince: "albums matter". cool



I know charity work is so terrible.

.


You consistently get the wrong end of the stick. I know I'm just feeding the troll here, but I was saying that albums are getting less important. No value judgment on other things that seem to get precedence. A statement of what seem to be priorities, not my value judgement on the different aspects.


.


Maybe you should spend some time here.


I do not agree with your statement. Nothing is wrong with this album. I hope you can work your comprehension skills and understand that statement.
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Reply #25 posted 08/20/17 12:57pm

SoulAlive

MacDaddy said:

9) One Nation Under A Groove – Mothership Connection

how does this one sound? Did she record it with George Clinton and P-funk?

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Reply #26 posted 08/21/17 12:46am

MacDaddy

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SoulAlive said:

MacDaddy said:

9) One Nation Under A Groove – Mothership Connection

how does this one sound? Did she record it with George Clinton and P-funk?

Yes, this one was recorded with George Clinton.

And it sounds great.

I actually love the entire album, except for the first song.

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Reply #27 posted 08/21/17 11:39am

jungleluv

I hate it when Singers bring politics into music. The fact is Sheila hasn't made any good music since the 1980's. All of her best work was her first 3 albums and her collaborations with Prince. This cover version/interpretation is a mess.

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Reply #28 posted 08/22/17 6:01am

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jungleluv said:

I hate it when Singers bring politics into music. The fact is Sheila hasn't made any good music since the 1980's. All of her best work was her first 3 albums and her collaborations with Prince. This cover version/interpretation is a mess.

Because singers are not citizens or voters! Do you realize how that sounds?

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Reply #29 posted 08/22/17 6:58am

NotACleverName

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jungleluv said:

I hate it when Singers bring politics into music. The fact is Sheila hasn't made any good music since the 1980's. All of her best work was her first 3 albums and her collaborations with Prince. This cover version/interpretation is a mess.


I was thinking this exact thing, jungleluv. I really don't feel Sheila fits this "political activist" role very well. It doesn't feel believable, to me. Not saying she is disingenuous.....I'm simply not buying into this new image.
"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence......." ~ DESIDERATA ~ Max Ehrmann
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